Precise and exquisite craftsmanship requires skill, experience and attention to detail – but above all, it requires time. List GC is relying on digitisation and smart process optimisation so that this scarce resource can be used to manufacture high-quality products.
“We have stood for the finest craftsmanship for more than 70 years and this will not change. What we are changing are the processes and communication channels,” says Christian Bolinger, who is responsible for the Manufacturing Division on the List GC management team. “Digitisation is an essential part of our strategy as we face the challenges of the present. At the same time, we have to make sure that projects are completed on time, which means it’s essential to optimise the planning and coordination of our production processes.”
Intrinsically linked, rather than opposing each other: craftsmanship and digitisation at List GC
According to current studies, 60 percent of Austrian companies see the digitisation of trade and craft as an important step for the future, but just under a third are actually taking clear steps to link the digital future with the familiar present. List GC is actively addressing the issue. The internationally successful company based in the south of Lower Austria has set itself the goal of using 3D smart manufacturing to advance the digitisation and automation of its manufacturing processes and thus to actively benefit from the opportunities of the digital future.

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From planning to delivery
The family-owned company is using 3D smart manufacturing to digitalise its entire production process chain: starting with measurements, the initial design and construction through to the parts lists, final production and subsequent delivery of the product.

The system uses intelligent units to network a wide variety of work steps and information details: data for material procurement can be inserted directly into construction drawings, detailed material representations make the construction process more tangible or provide support so that personnel and resources can be used in the best possible way.

„We are seeing a lot of starting points for digitised processes within the company. Firstly, during the initial design. Here we work with digital twins, through which we can test complex mechanics or carry out simulations quickly, which shortens decision-making and work processes greatly“,
Wolfgang Pusterhofer, Head of Manufacturing at List GC

„We are seeing a lot of starting points for digitised processes within the company. Firstly, during the initial design. Here we work with digital twins, through which we can test complex mechanics or carry out simulations quickly, which shortens decision-making and work processes greatly,”
Wolfgang Pusterhofer, Head of Manufacturing at List GC

The sustainability aspect also plays a major role: with increasingly digital project management, List GC creates more flexibility and shortened communication channels. In addition, there is no need to print many 2D plans on paper.

Even closer to our customers and their wishes
In addition to more efficient production processes, customer relationships can also be improved through digital strategies and additional added value can be offered. For example, List GC can react more quickly to individual requirements from designers or realistically represent a completely new surface for a customer with the help of digital visualisations, even before production starts.

Digitisation is an integral part of the future, even in the skilled trades. It is important for each company to understand where their individual potential lies in order to be able to optimally exploit this using digital means.

“For us, digitisation is not happening for the sake of digitisation. It is being integrated holistically into our processes. Our customers, and we ourselves, expect the highest quality and exquisite craftsmanship. By using smart tools, we are combining our traditional expertise with the possibilities of the future,” concludes Christian Bolinger.